GMS 8th-Grade Mock Trial: Closing Arguments
2018 Cross-Curricular Unit
Are you in the legal field or law enforcement and interested in speaking to our students as they prepare closing arguments for our The State of Mississippi vs Dixon project to be held on Tuesday, October 30? We are hoping to find enough experts to allow our students to rotate and hear about many important topics (see below).
Where: Germantown Middle School 8th-grade ELA classrooms
Dates: Friday, October 19 or Monday, October 22, 2018
Time: Flexible -- speak for 20-30 minutes during one (or all!) of our 94-minute blocks
1) Prosecution and burden of proof
2) Defense and reasonable doubt
3) Judge’s responsibilities (impartiality, interpreting the law, understanding indictment process and charges)
4) Public speaking tips (body language, eye contact with jury, etc.)
5) Evidence (what is admissible, creating visual aids for the jury, explaining X-rays, etc.)
6) Writing tips (word choice, tone, rhetoric appropriate for a closing argument)
7) Other topics?
If interested in being a guest speaker, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a time and topic by Tuesday, October 16.
If interested in serving as one of our jurors for the mock trial: closing arguments, please visit our online sign-up sheet to reserve a spot: http://signup.com/go/FghtLiE
Room 3101 and 8 Block - PLANNING -2 & 5 Block - 8th GRADE ADVANCED ELA3 & 7 Block - 8th GRADE HUMANITIES (ELA/HISTORY)4 & 6 Block - 8th GRADE ADVANCED ELA
Greetings, my friends! My name is Kyle Crockett, and I am so excited to begin the 2018-2019 year at Germantown Middle School. This is my second year at GMS, and I can't wait to get started with 8th Grade Advanced English and Language Arts and History. You have a genuinely wonderful group of people at your children's disposal and your own, and I could not be more honored to work among them in building relationships with all of you and setting your children on the all-encompassing path to academic, cultural, and societal success that GMS takes so very seriously. I look forward to meeting all of you and working together to make this school year one of growth, collaboration, and success.About MeI was born and raised in Hattiesburg, MS, but my whole family has been in Jackson for more than 50 years. It seems only fitting that my first job should bring me back! After high school, I attended the University of Mississippi. There, I graduated from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College with a B.A. degree in History and a minor in Classics. Music and culture are vastly important to me. I have played piano since kindergarten, and have used the instrument to more fully explore the world of music--particularly classical and jazz in regard to piano--as well as to satisfy my itch for attaining a more complete understanding of music's beautiful intricacy. Most often though, you'll find me listening and telling other people to do the same.Another great love of mine is the world of literature, and the deeply enriching perspectives it can instill in all of us. Literacy, language, and a love of reading is the key to developing a true connection with the world around us and the people and places that make it so fantastic. Words lie at the heart of all that we do, both intellectually and morally, and constant attention to them creates in each of us a desire to perpetually learn and grow, as well as a mind to respect ourselves and others as contributors to a world fueled by thinkers and innovators. It is my sincerest hope that I can work with your children to hone our skills as intellectuals and strive to find the very best version of ourselves in whatever way that we can.Again, I am so very thankful for the opportunity to develop relationships with you, your children, and this truly magnificent school. I will begin posting information and links as soon as I can that may be helpful for you, and I look forward to meeting each of you!!Very Best,Kyle Crockett